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Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents Paperback – May 24, 2011
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"[A] heady, headlong chronicle of a decade and a half spent adrift "
The New York Times
"Eaves is searingly honest "
—Editors' Choice, The New York Times
"Eaves, a travel writer, has an eye for detail and the worldly insight of fellow globe-trotter Pico Iyer."
"Wanderlust celebrates the life-changing possibilities of the world around us and the rigors and riches of embracing them body and soul."
National Geographic Traveler Magazine
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1. There really isn't enough description about the places in later essays. I not only wanted to understand her motivation and read some juicy relationship gossip, I also wanted to learn more about the exotic, and not-so-exotic, locales. I found that severely lacking in the latter half of the book, as she instead focused almost solely on her relationships with men. Granted, a great deal of traveling tends to be about one's relationships with other people, but I didn't sign up for that to be all-encompassing, especially when recounted in such a gratuitously bland and uninteresting manner, sans depth of feeling.
2. That brings me to pretty much my main point, and what soured the whole experience for me: the narrator comes across as cold, devoid of emotion, impersonal and detached. She wrote of these grandiose (and not-so-grandiose) love affairs, but there was a distinct lack of passion throughout. I can forgive almost anything, but not that robotic retelling. I just couldn't empathize with her - despite really, really wanting to - and I actually ended up actively disliking her. Honestly, that really took me aback, as it wasn't that I found her to be morally bereft, necessarily, I just found her tone to be steely, humorless, unfeeling, and completely unsympathetic.Read more ›
I had read an article in the New York Times entitled "A Place to Lay My Heart" by Elisabeth Eaves. Poignant and intriguing, the article touched on points like the needlessness of excessive material goods, the complications of love and long distance relationships, and the complexities of life for an American residing outside of the United States. I was excited to find her book, "Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents" and couldn't wait to read it.
Much to my dismay, I found myself reading (with multiple eye rolls)about her sexual exploits in various countries around the world. Elisabeth's judgmental, single minded comments, general ignorance, and arrogant entitled-white-person-in-a-developing-country attitude are exhausting to read: her implicit irritation with seeing a fully veiled 12-year-old girl in Yemen, [paying 6 pounds for a taxi from the airport in Cairo back to her apartment in Zamalek (equivalent to $1 American dollar-- would you show up at an airport in the United States with only a few dollars in your pocket to pay a taxi driver to get home?), complaining about an "obese" American counterpart with whom she knew of in Spain, the ugly Birkenstocks her roommate wore about the American University of Cairo... the list goes on.
Elisabeth goes on to complain about the wealthy Egyptians with whom she attends AUC-- "boys and girls in real designer jeans and sunglasses. They wore heels...".Read more ›
The way she mentioned being "in love" was irritating. Sex (or the more vulgar term she uses which can't be used in this review) is not love. I doubt she knows what it is. "I love Graham...no wait, I love Stu...but no, I actually love Justin...no wait, I love Stu more..."
I hated how she wrote people off who didn't fit her idea of what constituted as "cool," such as a study abroad student she considered fat, her roommate in Egypt whose fashion sense she didn't like, and even a little Yemeni girl she mentioned as chubby with acne. Seriously, you're going to belittle the looks of a child who's still growing?!
She mentioned feeling uncomfortable with the sexual harassment she got in Egypt and Yemen, but does the most ridiculous thing by dressing up as a Yemeni woman with her friend and wandering alone at night, putting herself in danger. I have no clue what she was trying to gain from doing that. Common sense is not one of Eaves's strongest attributes.
I wanted descriptions not only of the different countries Eaves traveled to, but of the people she encountered in these countries. (No, I'm not talking about her many men who could've easily been found in the States.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. The author was so honest about all of her experiences that you really got a look into her life and her wanderlust, something that is very much needed for those... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book made me think about different aspects of travel and the relationships that we have around it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Hettinga
Ugh! This tale of total self absorption is pathetic. The author seems to think her internal musings are interesting enough to share....they really never rise to that level. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gail K Walter, Ph.D.
I'm not sure so much as I loved the novel, hence the five stars indication, but I think it is an excellent read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bernadette Quinn
I bought this book on recommendations and a whim. I am not as thrilled with it as I am some other books but it is entirely worth the read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erin
I'd love to travel, I'm somewhat scared of commitment. These are the things that make me readily identify with the author of this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Reynard